Perry makes podium at NACAC U23 Championships
In just her second international track and field meet, former Jordan High School star Alexis Perry earned two bronze medals last weekend in the North America Central America Caribbean Association U23 championships in San Salvador.
Perry finished in third place Saturday in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.12 seconds. Perry had advanced to the finals after finishing second in her heat with a time of 13.18.
Sunday, Perry finished third in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 10.25 inches – her personal best and mere inches from the winning mark of 22 feet, 1.5 inches of the USA’s Quanesha Burks. Perry had been leading the event until the final jumps by Burks and runnerup Akela Jones of Barbados.
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In her first international experience representing the USA, Perry had won the 100-meter hurdles at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships.
Smith and Beasley earn all-state honors in baseball
Northern Durham junior catcher Spencer Smith and Voyager sophomore Aaron Beasley have been voted all-state honors by the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association. Beasley was the only player from the Triangle named to the 1A team, and Smith was the lone player from the PAC-6 named to the 4A unit.
Smith previously was named the PAC-6 Baseball Player of the Year after a sensational spring, when he led the conference in batting (.507), runs batted in (35), home runs (10), slugging percentage (1.104) and on-base percentage (.588).
Beasley, a 6-3 left-hander who’s played at first base and catcher in addition to pitching, helped Voyager reach the fourth round of this year’s N.C. high school playoffs. Voyager finished 17-5 overall and rolled undefeated through its North Central Athletics Conference games. He also pitched for the Region III team in last month’s State Games.
Pathman gives up pro soccer to study medicine
Former Durham Academy standout Mollie Pathman has announced her retirement from professional soccer to pursue a career in the medical field.
Pathman, an all-ACC forward for Duke, played two and a half seasons for the Boston Breakers after being selected No. 23 overall in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. In 2015, Pathman was one of only two Breakers to play every minute of every match (1,800 minutes), which ranked her tied for first in the NWSL.
“While it is incredibly difficult decision to step away from soccer, I am excited to be starting physical therapy this August and to pursue new dreams and aspirations,” Pathman said when announcing her decision.
Having started in 50 matches for the Breakers, Pathman played her final pro game Sunday against Sky Blue FC.
The Breakers will retain Pathman’s rights for one year.
Bulls personnel manager has been busy this year
With the recent additions of catcher Hank Conger and infielder Casey Gillaspie, the Durham Bulls have had 12 former first-round draft picks (excluding rehabs) on their roster at some point this season. They include: right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek, lefthander Blake Snell, catcher J.P. Arencibia, infielder Tim Beckham, infielder Nick Franklin, infielder Jake Hager, infielder Daniel Robertson, infielder/outfielder Richie Shaffer, outfielder Jaff Decker and outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Out of town since the all-star break, the Bulls return to the DBAP on July 25 to start a three-game homestand against Toledo.
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